September 11 - January 3, 2016
An exhibition of 100 works on paper that explores the historical roots and prominence of frottage, the method of mark-making through rubbing. Predominantly associated with Max Ernst, who claimed to have discovered the technique, frottage has an expansive history. This exhibition is co-organized with the Hammer Museum and is curated by Allegra Pesenti, Curator at Large for the Menil Drawing Institute.
August 29 - February 21, 2016
An exhibition objects collected by Adelaide de Menil and late anthropologist Edmund Carpente. This is the first exhibition of this body of work and includes works that vastly vary in scale. Many of the objects are made of walrus ivory and are carved to represent various scenes from daily life and mythology. MicroCosmos is curated by Sean Mooney, Curator of the Edmund Carpenter Collection.
A talk with four Menil Collection curators–Paul Davis, Clare Elliott, Toby Kamps, and Michelle White–in which they’ll discuss their selections for the museum’s upcoming website...Read More
Los Angeles-based architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, designers of the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) building, discuss their plans for the new Menil campus structure.
The Menilfest and Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair present a day filled with art, books, live performances, films, and food. Includes special performances by the...Read More
Art scholar William A. Camfield discusses the work of pioneering artist Francis Picabia and signs copies of the just-published Francis Picabia: Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 1,...Read More
Hip-hop artist Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, Rice University Professor Anthony Pinn, and Lehigh University Professor Monica Miller discuss how Hip-Hop has been influenced by the...Read More
The ultimate street photography! James Nares captured 16 hours of footage on the streets of Manhattan from a moving car. Using a high-def camera, typically...Read More
What does peace look like? This show explores the resonance in the visual arts of Gandhi’s ethics of nonviolence.
Rice University architect Reto Geiser, Brooklyn College writer and musician David Grubbs, and Rice visual artist John Sparagana discuss the Menil and Rothko Chapel’s acoustics,...Read More
This exhibit is the perfect union of cabinet of curiosity artist and cabinet of curiosity. Robleto has been researching NASA heartbeat recordings as well as...Read More
Objects from the Menil Collection selected and installed by NY-based artist Haim Steinbach. We pretty much guarantee there will be things you had no idea...Read More
MenilFest takes over the Menil Campus for a day of free art and entertainment.
Exploring material connections between American abstraction and European figuration in the postwar period. Symposium speakers: Katrina Bartlett-Rush, Dr. Kent Minturn, Dr. Alexander Potts, and Dr. Richard Shiff. Moderator: Roja Najafi.
A world-wide series of one-night exhibitions, BYOB invites artists to bring their own “beamers” (projectors) and explore the medium of moving images. BYOB allows participants...Read More
In conjunction with the Magritte exhibition Aurora curator Mary Magsamen has curated a collection of short Surrealist films including Magritte’s own home movies. Location: Menil Collection Front...Read More
Political activists and self-taught photographers, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss met in 1970 and began documenting everyday life in Grimes County, Texas. As a portrait...Read More
The second installment in new series brings together a designer of buildings, a curator of exhibitions, and a theater director.
Menil curator Michelle White is joined by Maura Reilly, executive director of the Linda Pace Foundation; and Veronica Roberts, curator of modern and contemporary art...Read More
It’s the end of the world and you have only one potluck left! Share what you would have at your last meal potluck style picnic,...Read More
The first major museum exhibition to focus on the breakthrough surrealist years of René Magritte, tracing strategies and themes from an important period in his...Read More
Continuing its exploration beyond René Magritte’s years leading up to World War II, the Menil presents a selection of works beginning in 1941 and concluding...Read More
Throughout her career, Bontecou has created drawings as a component of her artistic practice, in relation to the sculptures for which she is renowned, and...Read More
Aurora Picture Show Hosts BYOB at The Menil Collection. Dust off your slide, video, film or overhead projector and bring it to the Menil Collection where anyone...Read More
What disturbance did Wols and fellow artist Jean Dubuffet experience on the Mediterranean coast? This year’s Morgan-Menil Fellow investigates that question. In conjunction with the exhibition...Read More
Tuymans is beyond canonical reproach. Ellis cannot buy his way into the literary canon. They have never met. The Conversation begins. Tickets for indoor seating...Read More
Franklin Sirmans, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (a position he previously held at the Menil), returns...Read More
Art Historian Eileen Costello, author of Brice Marden: Beyond Visual Reality, specializes in postwar American and European art, and has studied the work of Brice Marden over...Read More
A new series of occasional conversations at the Menil, A Common Language invites artists from different disciplines to focus on and consider particular works of...Read More
With Menil Director Josef Helfenstein and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Toby Kamps, Luc Tuymans discusses his new exhibition, which juxtaposes the artist’s celebrated...Read More
Nice. Luc Tuymans will present approximately 30 paintings by the artist from his earliest mature work G. Dam, 1978 to canvases finished as recently as...Read More
Belgian artist Luc Tuymans is known for his distinctive painting style, and for his choice of historically and emotionally charged subject matter. As the thirty...Read More
Organized by Menil Collection curator of modern and contemporary art Toby Kamps in collaboration with noted Wols scholar Dr. Ewald Rathke and the Kunsthalle Bremen,...Read More